For the Business of Football - Inside World Football Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:29:30 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Mexican backlash as politician scores own goal with Ronaldinho ape tweet Ronaldinho at QueretaBy Ben Nicholson
September 17 - Carlos Treviño, a Mexican politician, who was Secretary of Social Development in Querétaro from 2006-2009, has successfully damaged his hopes as a spokesperson for the people by making racist comments about Ronaldinho via Twitter. Feeling aggrieved about sitting in traffic that was caused by the hysteria surrounding Ronaldinho's presentation to the fans at his new Mexican club, Quarétero, he expressed his malcontent by referring to Ronaldinho as an ape.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Football Americas World Football News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:02:11 +0100
Mancini wants more cash but Lokomotiv derailed by the costs Lokomotiv Moscow fansBy Paul Nicholson
September 17 – While talk in Russian football has been about quotas on foreign players and the need to raise the quality and number of Russian coaches, top clubs still appear to be looking outside Russian borders for top management.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Russia 2018 World Cup News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:28:53 +0100
MLS close in on $100m sale of Chivas' LA franchise MLS and ChivasBy Ben Nicholson
September 17 - The MLS is making progress with the sale of Chivas USA, but likely at the expense of the team's absence in the 2015 season. The parties involved have been kept discrete, but it is thought that a combination of a wealthy American executive and a Mexican businessman will form the ownership structure of the LA-based club.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Football Americas World Football News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:01:24 +0100
Nottingham beats Manchester and Portsmouth to English 'city of football' accolade Nottingham Cty of footballBy David Owen
September 17 – Nottingham in the English Midlands has been named "city of football" by Sport England, the grass-roots funding body. The decision opens the way for the city – home to two Football League clubs, including Nottingham Forest, the former European champions under manager Brian Clough – to receive £1.6 million to endeavour to get more Nottinghamians playing football regularly.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:02:44 +0100
Legia Warsaw looks forward with plans for a new €10m training base Legia Warsaw fansBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
September 17 – Legia Warsaw, who were controversially dumped from the Champions League to the Europa League after fielding an ineligible player against Celtic in the qualifying rounds, are pushing forward an expansion programme with plans for a new training ground, despite missing out on the big cash win that comes with Europe's top club competition.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:41:33 +0100
Brazil's Corinthians call for fans to end homophobic chants Corinthians fansBy Andrew Warshaw
September 16 - Yet another Brazilian club has urged its fans to refrain from racist chanting as the country attempts to impose the legacy of the World Cup by stamping out discrimination.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured South America World Football News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:57:57 +0100
Canada's Kyle fuels 2015 'turf vs grass' row with FieldTurf endorsement Kaylyn KyleBy Andrew Warshaw
September 16 - Canadian star Kaylyn Kyle is the latest player to become involved in the row over using synthetic turf at next year's women's World Cup. Kyle is reported to have been signed up by FieldTurf, the company whose product is being employed at a majority of the six stadiums being used for the tournament.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:26:16 +0100
A tale of two stadiums in the City of Liverpool  74411925 lfc view04 finalBy Mark Baber
September 16- Liverpool FCs expansion of Anfield stadium has been recommended for approval by Council planners, with a Planning Committee vote expected next week, whilst, not to be upstaged, Everton have revealed they intend to build a new stadium in Walton Hall Park.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured England World Cup News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:58:32 +0100
Scala suspends Watson while Cayman corruption probe runs its course Canover WatsonBy Paul Nicholson
September 16 – Canover Watson, a member of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee, has been "temporarily relieved" of his duties on this committee by chairman Domenico Scala while an investigation takes place following news of his arrest by Cayman Islands police in August.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:02:40 +0100
Champagne commits to race against Blatter with a call for debate jerome champagne2By Andrew Warshaw
September 16 - Despite the sceptics assuming he will not stay the course, former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne insists he will be standing against Sepp Blatter next year at the organisation's presidential election.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:31:26 +0100
Man Utd heads east with Azerbaijan hook-up ManUtd and AzerbaijanBy Mark Baber
September 16 - Manchester United have announced a new initiative which will see the club partnering with the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) and supporting a Manchester United Soccer School in Azerbaijan.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Premier League News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:40:13 +0100
Racism complaint prompts SFA to open Tonev investigation Tonev and LoganSeptember 16 - The Scottish Football Association is examining allegations of racism during a Scottish Premier League game last weekend.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:40:34 +0100 Russian infrastructure build to feature at Moscow forum as Otkritie opens Spartak.Okritie ArenaSeptember 16 – The owner of Spartak Moscow, Leonid Fedun, said that the newly opened Otkritie Arena cost RUB 14.5 billion (S378 million) to build. But that this is only the start of the project with hotels and an indoor arena to come next.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Russia 2018 World Cup News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:14:53 +0100 Central America's finest gladiators rock The Coliseum Copacentroamericano2014By Paul Nicholson in Los Angeles
September 15 - A piece of Central America came to Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night with the finals of the Central American Cup played out in front of a passionate and vocal Latino crowd approaching 50,000.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Tournaments Football Americas World Football News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:54:43 +0100
FIFA to double women's development funding womens footballBy David Owen
September 12 – In a further positive step for women's football, FIFA has announced that it is to double its development funding for this fast-growing arm of the sport over its next four-year cycle, culminating with the World Cup in Russia in 2018. The governing body has earmarked $21 million for this purpose in 2015-18, up from just under $10.3 million in 2011-14.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:56:58 +0100
Right places, wrong timepieces watchesBy Andrew Warshaw
September 15 - As the world awaits the findings of FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert into possible corruption surrounding the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, the organisation has become embroiled in an untimely episode – this time concerning gifts offered to senior officials in Brazil.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:38:11 +0100
Pellegrini bemoans pot luck as Bayern and Man City kick off Champions League Champions League drawBy Andrew Warshaw
September 15 - The Champions League proper kicks off this week but before a ball has even been kicked the debate over seedings has intensified.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:47:02 +0100
David Owen: Twilight of the agents? Given the number of times I read that football agent Jorge Mendes won the summer transfer window, it is ironic that his profession stands technically to be legislated out of existence before the end of the 2014-15 season. If world governing body FIFA gets its way, a new regulatory system dealing not with licensed agents, but with "intermediaries" will take effect on 1 April 2015. Some, including agents I have spoken to who predict that the new rules will produce chaos, believe presumably that this date is all too appropriate.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured David Owen Columnists Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:43:27 +0100 Diacre's Clermont register first league win Corinne DiacreBy David Owen
September 14 – Another small slice of football history was made on Friday night, as Corinne Diacre's Clermont Foot beat Le Havre in the second division of the French championship.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:54:37 +0100
Valcke cautious of video replay proposals video refereeSeptember 15 - Just because he is Sepp Blatter's number two, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke doesn't always have to agree with his president, the debate over video replays during matches being the latest case in point.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:24:28 +0100 Stakeholders will have time to make 2022 case, says Shaikh Salman Shaikh SalmanSeptember 15 -Asian football chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa says there will be no rush to agree on an exact date for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:05:46 +0100